South African evergreen forms 1–3-ft.-high clumps of soft, curving leaves like long, broad grass blades with small white flowers in long clusters. Both ‘Variegatum’ and ‘Vittatum’ have white-striped leaves. Flowers are about 1/2 in. long, growing in loose, leafy-tipped spikes held above foliage. Greatest attraction: miniature duplicates of the mother plant, complete with roots, at ends of curved stems (as with offsets of strawberry plants). These can be cut off and potted individually.
Spider plant is a good choice for hanging baskets. To use as a groundcover, set 2 ft. apart in a diamond pattern; plants will fill in the same year. Often sold as C. capense.
Considered bymany to be the best-lookingform, has purple flowers andcalyxes.
‘Waverly’ is ahybrid that grows 5 ft. tall, withwhite flowers. It is hardy onlyto about 25°F (–4&d...
Most are virtually indestructibleplants with long, trailing stems.Usually seen in pots or hangingbaske...